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Hurricane heroics earn medals for CG, Auxiliary

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The Association for Rescue at Sea has awarded its gold medal to the Coast Guard and its silver medal to the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The Association for Rescue at Sea has awarded its gold medal to the Coast Guard and its silver medal to the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

AFRAS members decided to recognize the whole of both organizations “for the extreme competency and outstanding heroics” each exhibited before, during and after the hurricanes Rita and Katrina, according to a news release. “A vast majority of these men and women performed these actions while knowing that their own homes and families had also been devastated by Rita and Katrina,” the release says.

The AFRAS Gold Medal was presented to the Coast Guard commandant during an April 11 ceremony at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. The silver medal was presented to the national commodore of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

AFRAS says its officers and directors usually award the gold medal to an enlisted member of the Coast Guard for “an act of extraordinary bravery during a rescue at sea.” The silver medal normally goes to an Auxiliarist under the same criteria.

AFRAS also presented $5,000 checks to Coast Guard Mutual Assistance and to Operation Life Ring, organizations that assist enlisted men and women who have experienced personal loss, according to the release.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary Association and Soundings Publications have agreed to work together to promote boating safety and homeland security. Under the agreement, Soundings will publish the association’s public education class schedules, encouraging boaters to become better educated and safer on the water.

AFRAS is a non-profit foundation that supports services concerned with saving lives at sea. The association has awarded the gold medal to an enlisted member of the Coast Guard for extraordinary bravery every year since 1982. www.afras.org